Bolton Hospice opens its first town centre charity shop
BOLTON Hospice’s first town centre charity shop is open for business.
Supporters and bargain hunters queued outside the shop, in Knowsley Street, before the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Colin Shaw, cut the ribbon on Saturday.
Graham Yardley, Bolton Hospice chairman, said: “It’s often said that charity shops are a blight on town centres but provided they are bright, well presented, offering quality second hand goods at low prices then fine.
“We feel this fits that bill. We’ve been wanting to open a town centre shop for probably about four years and it’s a case of finding the right location.
“Victoria Halls, which owns the shop and is therefore our landlord, were very supportive and we are just delighted to be here. We’re hoping for great things.”
The shop sells a range of goods including clothes, shoes, bags, toys and books.
Cathy Wright, shop manager, said: “We’re feeling really positive, I think we’ve got a really good location.
“We’ve got a lot of footfall in the area. It’s our biggest shop and will take a lot of filling but we’ve got really good people in Bolton who support us.” Customer Joyce Hirst, aged 83, of St Georges Court, Topp Way, said: “I think it’s lovely. They’ve done a lot of hard work here.”
Mayor Cllr Shaw added: “It’s absolutely wonderful, particularly the size and the goods it offers and the prices are right. It’s clean and inviting with a vast stock and a lovely window display too. Let’s hope it is successful to help the hospice, I’m sure it will be.”
The hospice opened its doors to patients in 1992 but its first charity shop was opened four years earlier, in Victory Street.
It soon moved to its current location in Chorley Old Road and, in its first week of trading, raised £200, which contributed to the cost of building Bolton Hospice.
The hospice’s other charity shops are in Astley Bridge, Horwich, Little Lever, Tonge Moor and Westhoughton, as well as a gift shop at the hospice site and a furniture shop opening next month in Manchester Road.
The shop is open Mondays to Saturdays, 10am to 4pm.
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